PM reminds Thais of King Mongkut’s scientific aptitude

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has reminded the Thai public of King Rama IV’s abilities in science and his contributions to the development of scientific research.

In his national speech, Gen Prayut, today advised the country that August 18th of 2018 will mark the 150th anniversary since King Mongkut was able to calculate and accurately predict a solar eclipse two years before it actually happened. The calculations were correct as to the place, the time and the type of the solar eclipse that happened. The eclipse took place precisely as the King had predicted, the total phase lasting six minutes and 46 seconds. His calculations were better — by about two seconds — than those of the French astronomers, who acknowledged his accuracy.

In King Rama IV’s honor, the International Astronomical Union decided to call the phenomenon “The King of Siam’s Eclipse.”

To commemorate King Mongkut, the Thai government has turned King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology Waghor in Prachuap Khiri Khan province into a remarkable tourist destination and a learning center for today’s students of science and technology.

Because of his countless scientific discoveries, King Mongkut has been given the name “Father of Thai Science.” And thanks to his leading role in science, the country’s scientific and innovative development has made significant progress and will pave the way for Thailand to become a digital society.

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Reporter : Thammarat Thadaphrom Rewriter : Rodney McNeil National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th
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